Back to the Future: The Latest Fuel Cell Revolution

Back to the Future: The Latest Fuel Cell Revolution

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Garry Golden, Futurist, Forward Elements Mr. Golden consults on issues shaping business and society in the 21st century. For years, fuel cells have been a disruptive technology that failed to meet expectations. The technology gained popularity in the late 1990s as Ballard Power stocks went up and down with the dot-com boom and bust. Since the early 2000s, fuel cells found narrow success in remote Read more […]

Transformational Technologies Reshape Grid Modernization

Transformational Technologies Reshape Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids and Grid Modernization, ABB Inc. Similar to the smart grid concept introduced by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), “grid modernization” is both difficult to define and subject to varying opinions. In addition to operational and information technology (OT/IT) deployment, grid modernization builds on the previous smart grid Read more […]

Dry-Type Outdoor Terminations Emerge

Dry-Type Outdoor Terminations Emerge

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Ivan Jovanovic, Managing Director, Cable Accessories, G&W Electric Company For decades, oil-filled terminations have been the norm for high-voltage cables. Moving away from this traditional technology are pre-molded dry-type outdoor terminations. In 2018, 138 kV pre-molded dry-type outdoor terminations were installed in three different regions of the world for the first time: Malaysia, the Philippines, Read more […]

Integrating Expected Growth in Renewable and Distributed Resources

Integrating Expected Growth in Renewable and Distributed Resources

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Richard Glick, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently concluded that we are on track to see global temperatures rise by 1.5°C as early  as 2030. The Trump Administration’s most recent National Climate Assessment also indicates that, absent a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the annual economic consequences Read more […]

Leveraging the Power of a Grid in Transition

Leveraging the Power of a Grid in Transition

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. John V. Lampe, Business Development Director, Distribution Automation, Itron The electrical industry is in transition from a predictable grid—with few sources of energy and few monitoring and control points—to a dynamic one with many monitoring and control points. Three categories of change motivate this transition: the public’s reduced tolerance for outages; increased emphasis on cybersecurity; Read more […]

Outlook for 116th Congress: Infrastructure, Climate, and Trade

Outlook for 116th Congress: Infrastructure, Climate, and Trade

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. When the 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019, NEMA Members will face a two-party federal legislature for the first time since 2013 when Democrats held a majority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats’ new majority in the House of Representatives, coupled with Republicans’ majority in the Senate, presents exciting challenges and opportunities as we work to achieve advocacy objectives of the Association Read more […]

From the Chairman | Mark Gliebe

From the Chairman | Mark Gliebe

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. This is truly an exciting time to be an electrical manufacturer. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to be engaged in a number of NEMA industries, from lighting to electric motors. But today is different. Not only must we compete on the basis of well-understood product parameters, but also on a new market underpinning that requires a value based on the ability of…

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Transactive Energy—An Overview for Manufacturers

Transactive Energy—An Overview for Manufacturers

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Interest in transactive energy (TE) is growing, as evidenced by New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision discussions; as piloted by the national labs; and as implemented in the United States (by companies like Introspective Systems and LO3), Denmark (by PowerMatcher), and Australia (by Power Ledger). These and similar tactics are driven by the realization that new approaches are needed to efficiently Read more […]

I AM NEMA | NEMA Staff Takes Home Honors

I AM NEMA | NEMA Staff Takes Home Honors

This piece was originally published in the December 2018 issue of electroindustry. Caption: G.P. Russ Chaney, Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), left, presents the Emerging Young Professional award to Muhammad Ali, NEMA Program Manager. Photo courtesy of ANSI As 2018 concludes, we salute the hard work by NEMA staff that led to the following awards and achievements: Muhammad Ali: Named ANSI Emerging Young Professional. Ken Gettman: Received Read more […]

Trade Agreement Agenda Advances amid Tariffs

Trade Agreement Agenda Advances amid Tariffs

This piece was originally published in the December 2018 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs The Trump Administration’s successful conclusion of negotiations September 30 on a United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) hastened its October 16 notifications to Congress of intent to enter into new trade talks with the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Japan. All four actions set clocks in motion—60 days until USMCA could be signed Read more […]